Somewhere along the line we lost track of this idea, that our food should be our medicine. In fact today, it’s quite the opposite – our modern eating habits are polluting our bodies, making us more susceptible to many preventable illnesses and diseases. We are no longer getting the nutrients from our food that are necessary to function at our optimal level. The water we drink and the food we eat are loaded with toxins, robbing us of our innate self-healing abilities.
It can be extremely confusing to attempt to keep up with the latest fads in diet or what you should or should not eat. The war on fat led to the explosion of empty (“fat-free”) carbs, food which is heavily processed and stripped of any nutritional benefits. This fat-free lifestyle has resulted in sky rocketing obesity rates. Our diet today is leading to increases in chronic degenerative diseases, and even more alarming, they are occurring at a younger age. Our lifestyle choices are pointing us directly to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and autoimmune, inflammatory and neurological diseases.
It is a shame that modern medicine has largely ignored one of the best weapons against disease- nutrition. By utilizing the resources within these pages, we hope to guide patients to regain control of their health by eating well and by eating clean, health promoting foods.
Eating Well Checklist:
- Eat more organic and/or local fruits and vegetables, and remember the fresher the food, the more potent the nutrients
- Drink more pure filtered water (Divide your weight by 2, aim to drink that number in ounces)
- Eat hormone and antibiotic free meats and dairy products
- Eat foods that have not been genetically modified (Click here for a non-GMO shopping guide)
- Eat more alkaline foods (lots of vegetables)
- Lower your intake of inflammatory/mucus producing foods (dairy, sugar, wheat)
- Eat more raw foods that contain powerful enzymes and phytonutrients (try juicing)
- Eat more fresh whole foods and less processed man made foods
- Eat or supplement anti-inflammatory foods (Omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil, flax seed)
- Increase the amount of good bacteria in your GI tract by eating foods high in fiber and supplementing with probiotics
- Eliminate soft drinks, sugary drinks, and artificially sweetened drinks loaded with neurotoxins
- Eat a handful of raw nuts/seeds everyday
- Limit caffeine intake to one cup of coffee/day, instead aim to drink up to 3 cups of green tea